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"Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well"

MMDE: In Hamlet

Current: Not in Hamlet

It's a really famous line from a really famous play, so do you remember "Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well" being in Shakespeare's Hamlet?

It turns out the actual line is very different, in fact it is "Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him, Horatio".

The original text is:

Let me see. (takes the skull) Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times, and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! 

rama from 400 years ago

It's ironic that Shakespeare's Hamlet, wriitten around 1600, is itself derived from an earlier 13th century story preserved by 13th-century chronicler Saxo Grammaticus. That's because it is still being retold today in different guises, the most popular modern one being The Lion King.